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Small Business Research Programs: Agencies Should Further Improve Award Timeliness

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Defense Logistics Agency The Director of the Defense Logistics Agency should evaluate the effectiveness of steps taken to improve SBIR and STTR award timeliness and take any necessary additional steps in order to consistently meet SBA award timeliness guidelines. (Recommendation 11)
Open – Partially Addressed

In its February 2022 letter responding to our report, DOD concurred with this recommendation. According to the letter, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) adjusted internal process timeframes to better enable it to meet required notification and recommended issuance timeframes. For example, DLA implemented a 30-day limit on its internal proposal evaluation process and is working with contracting officers to improve the timeliness of the contract process. Going forward, we will follow up to obtain data on DLA's award timeliness in subsequent fiscal years to determine if these actions result in

Small Business Contracting: Actions Needed to Demonstrate and Better Review Compliance with Select Requirements for Small Business Advocates

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Defense Logistics Agency To address demonstrated noncompliance with section 15(k) of the Small Business Act, as amended, the Director of the Defense Logistics Agency should comply with sections 15(k)(2), (k)(7), (k)(11), and (k)(17) or report to Congress on why the agency has not complied, including seeking any statutory flexibilities or exceptions believed appropriate.
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For section 15(k)(2), related to the compensation and seniority of the person heading the OSDBU office, DOD concurred with this part of the recommendation. Agency officials stated that the agency requested that DOD seek Congressional approval to authorize a new Senior Executive Service position for the OSDBU director, and the agency has been waiting for this authorization to make this change. An agency official said that DLA recently hired a new Office of Small Business Programs director at the GS-15 equivalent level. This hire is not consistent with the requirements of section 15(k)(2). We

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